The “driven and independent” daughter of Monaco’s ambassador celebrates her wedding with an intimate, non-traditional affair, and reflects on her mother’s influence.
AND JOHN PASZTERKO
When Maguy Maccario-Doyle, the current and first female ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the United States, spoke into the microphone atop the courtyard staircase of her Embassy Residence in Kalorama in a black and white leopard print dress, her words took on a jocular mood. “Always keep a sense of humor,” she advised her daughter and future son-in-law, in front of approximately 80 guests gathering on the wedding eve. “It’s important to laugh and not take yourselves too seriously.” It was veteran diplomat wisdom (wink). An overall aim for ease embodied Kimberley Doyle’s wedding to John Paszterko.
The couple met at Georgetown University as graduate students and started dating after a bus-ride home together when Doyle mentioned her mother’s post. “He started speaking French all of a sudden. I was floored,” Doyle recalls. “He didn’t have an American accent and spoke extremely well … That’s when I knew, this guy was special.” The two bypassed a large, formal wedding celebration with bridesmaids, groomsmen and any semblance of a princess-style gown in exchange for an “intimate, warm and inclusive event”—complete with the bride in a modern white pantsuit and simple wedding bands exchanged by Doyle’s maternal grandparents 70 years previously.